Cheddington

Cheddington Methodist Church

Cheddington Methodist Church

Minister: Rev. Donna Broadbent-Kelly - Tel: 01525 240589

In these present, ever-changing, times we are holding a Service most Sunday mornings.  The Church is set out in order to observe social distancing with hygiene and safety precautions in place and all who attend will need to wear a mask.  The services will be at the usual time of 10.30 am and will last for just a half an hour.  At the moment quiet, reflective singing is possible for a small number and music is played.  If for any reason the service cannot be held a notice will appear on the door of the Church.

We welcome everyone to come along to our church to share in our worship and other activities. Services begin on Sundays at 10.30 unless otherwise stated. The church is also open for prayer before each morning service.

Our church is one of 18 in the Vale of Aylesbury Methodist Circuit, whose website can be accessed via the link on the right.

We welcome Donna Broadbent Kelly as our new Minister from 1 September 2017. We wish her
and her family well as they begin their life in the Aylesbury Vale Methodist Circuit

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

Hello friends,

I often find that those who appear most certain in their faith are also the ones who least allow their faith to be challenged and to grow through difficulties. After all, if you are certain about what you believe, why ask questions and entertain alternative ways of believing? And yet, faith is not a static thing, but something that grows, changes and expands as we live our lives. Each new obstacle is an opportunity for our faith to increase and strengthen, if we allow room to grow.

Our current circumstances are a great example of an obstacle in our path. For so long we have been certain of our routines and church life, that we have never probably questioned that either would be disrupted.  The routine of getting up on a Sunday morning and going to chapel, singing hymns, sharing communion as well as family gatherings for weddings, baptisms and funerals are part of the rhythm of church life. Whilst we hadn’t grown completely complacent, I think we have mentally invested in a level of security that we thought couldn’t be changed and then Covid happened and our certainty has been challenged and it’s been very painful.

Maybe from time to time though, we needed our faith to be shaken a bit in order to understand what it means to put our trust in God, not in buildings or man-made certainty. After all, we know in our hearts that the church is not the building and that God isn’t confined to those four walls and stained-glass windows.  This pandemic has forced us to look for God in other places and redefine what it means to worship God in our world.

Even as things get back to some routine, things remain uncertain, plans can change at the last minute. Yet in it all, I think there is also a quiet determination. A determination that focuses on what we CAN do rather than focus on what we can’t. A determination to find other ways of being church, of sharing and showing love, and making what matters count.

Things might remain uncertain for some time yet. However, what I am certain of though, is that God is present with us.

With blessings
Rev. Donna




SERVICES FOR  OCT & NOV 2020

In these present, ever-changing, times we are planning to be open each Sunday.  The Church is set out in order to observe social distancing with hygiene and safety precautions in place and all who attend will need to wear a mask.  The services will be at the usual time of 10.30 am and will last for just a half an hour.  Sadly there will be no singing but it may be possible for music to be played.  If for any reason the service cannot be held a notice will appear on the door of the Church.

Sunday 4th October Harvest Festival - United Service at St Giles
Sunday 11th October Mr David Neville
Sunday 18th October Rev Donna Broadbent Kelly
Sunday 25th October Rev Carina Shergold
Sunday 1st November Mr Ken Harris
Sunday 8th November

Remembrance Sunday – sadly under current regulations the usual service at St Giles will not be able to take place.  Further details have yet to be finalised.

Sunday 15th November Rev Donna Broadbent Kelly
Sunday 22nd November Mr Ken Harris
Sunday 29th November Rev Donna Broadbent Kelly

"THE TOAST” – FOR PARENTS, CARERS and LITTLE ONES
For all parents/carers of per-school children and babies, join us in the Chapel schoolroom on Monday mornings 9.15 – 11.00 during term time for a gentle start to the week. There are toys, activities and refreshments (including toast!) and a warm welcome.   Tel Nicola 662010 or Janet 660205 for more information.

OPEN DOORS – Friday morning 10.30 a.m – noon at the Methodist Chapel.
This is an opportunity for village people to meet/socialise each Friday morning and have a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit/cake. Contact Jeanne 662876 for more information.

LOOP SYSTEM
For those people with hearing aids, we have an induction loop system installed and working in the chapel.

Schoolroom Bookings: For all enquiries, please contact Janet Banham,  Tel. 660205 or email .

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